Glick weighs in on Kosovo and not surprisingly, sees it as Bostom and Williams and Gorin and Atlas does). Another intellectual leading light sees the terrible mistake we are making in supporting an Islamic state in the heart of Europe.
KOSOVO’S STARK WARNING Caroline Glick
Additionally, the prosecution of Albanian war criminals is "hampered
by the unwillingness of the local population to testify" against them.
This is in part due to the fact that "there is still no specific
legislation on witness protection in place."
failed-state of Kosovo is a great boon for the global jihad. It is true
that Kosovar Muslims by and large do not subscribe to radical Islam.
But it is also true that they have allowed their territory to be used
as bases for al-Qaida operations; that members of the ruling Kosovo
Liberation Army have direct links to al-Qaida; and that the Islamic
world as a whole perceived Kosovo’s fight for independence from Serbia
as a jihad for Islamic domination of the disputed province.
According to a 2002 Wall Street Journal
report, al-Qaida began operating actively in Kosovo, and in the rest of
the Balkans, in 1992. Osama bin Laden visited Albania in 1996 and 1997.
He received a Bosnian passport from the Bosnian Embassy in Austria in
1993. Acting on bin Laden’s orders, in 1994 his deputy, Ayman Zawahiri
set up training bases throughout the Balkans including one in
Mitrovica, Kosovo. The Taliban and al-Qaida set up drug trafficking
operations in Kosovo to finance their operations in Afghanistan and
In 2006, John Gizzi reported in Human Events
that the German intelligence service BND had confirmed that the 2005
terrorist bombings in Britain and the 2004 bombings in Spain were
organized in Kosovo. Furthermore, "The man at the center of the
provision of the explosives in both instances was an Albanian,
operating mostly out of Kosovo… who is the second ranking leader of
the Kosovo Liberation Army, Niam Behzloulzi."
Then, too, at its
1998 meeting in Pakistan, the Organization of the Islamic Conference
declared that the Albanian separatists in Kosovo were fighting a jihad.
The OIC called on the Muslim world to help "this fight for freedom on
the occupied Muslim territories."
Supporters of Kosovo claim
that as victims of "genocide," Kosovar Muslims deserve independence.
But if the Muslims in Kosovo have been targeted for annihilation by the
Serbs, then how is it that they have increased from 48% of the
population in 1948 to 92% today? Indeed, Muslims comprised only 78% of
the population in 1991, the year before Yugoslavia broke apart.
recent years particularly, it is Kosovo’s Serbian Christians, not its
Albanian Muslims, who are targeted for ethnic cleansing. Since 1999,
two-thirds of Kosovo’s Serbs – some 250,000 people – have fled the
The emergence of a potentially destabilizing state in
Kosovo is clearly an instance of political interests trumping law.
Under international law, Kosovo has no right to be considered a
sovereign state. Even UN Security Council Resolution 1244 from 1999,
which the KLA claims provides the legal basis for Kosovar sovereignty,
explicitly recognizes Serbian sovereignty over Kosovo.
Israel, Kosovo’s US-backed declaration of independence should be a
source of alarm great enough to require a rethinking of foreign policy.
Unfortunately, rather than understand and implement the lessons of
Kosovo, the Olmert-Livni-Barak government is working actively to ensure
that they are reenacted in the international community’s treatment of
Israel and the Palestinians. Today, Israel is enabling the Palestinians
to set the political and legal conditions for the establishment of an
internationally recognized state of Palestine that will be at war with
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